Bushnell produce a range of folding binoculars that are good for the hiker who doesn’t want to have to deal with a full blown pair of binoculars and the extra weight they are going to add to the rucksack. Coming with rubber coated body’s for extra protection against being dropped and taking up very little space when packed away.
Heavily involved in the lens business for the last 15 years Bushnell produces telescopes, microscopes, rifle scopes, binoculars and a successful range of GPS products.
Mindful of the weight we take a look at 2 sets of binoculars from Bushnel’s extensive range. Both these pairs have all the waterproofing and added strength to help them survive a typical life outdoors.
Bushnell H2O 8x 25mm Waterproof Binoculars
Excellent example of a compact pair of binoculars the Bushnell H20’s show why the company has become so well known in the binocular market.
Weighing in at 1 pound you will hardly notice they are in your pack.
An O ring seal keeps these binoculars waterproof and fog free and the classic rubber armor lets you keep a firm grip while adding protection should they happen to slip out of your hands.
Bushnell H2O Waterproof and Fogproof 8 x 42-mm Binoculars
Bushnell have designed the H2O range to be used around and on the water with full waterproofing should they or you accidentally take a swim.
With the tested O ring design to keep the water out and nitrogen purged to prevent any fogging of the lenses.
The huge focus knob right in the center of the binoculars looks like a bit of overkill but will be an advantage if using these with a pair of thick gloves on. With a good portion of the body covered in soft grip sections it makes for a firm hold and we like the rugged look of the rubber armor.
Expect to pay a bit more than the first pair listed on this page if only just for the upgraded lenses in this Bushnell product.
Both of these binoculars are supplied with straps and cases.
Weight and size VS performance
If you have to carry a big pair of binoculars around all day you are going to notice the weight either around your neck or in a pack and there is always a compromise in performance when you are trying to save on weight.
Although not as powerful as some of the big boys these compacts are a good compromise especially if you are a long distance hiker and do everything to try a keep your backpack as light as possible with the added bonus of not eating up much space.
Caring for your New Binoculars
Even though modern binocular lenses are designed to be scratch resistant with enough friction they can still be damaged, ensuring the lenses are free of any grit or sand after they have been used will keep them scratch free for many years to come.
Only after you are satisfied that all particles are off the lenses should you then clean with a proper non abrasive lens cloth.
Dry Off your Binoculars Before Packing Away
Just because your binoculars are waterproof doesn’t mean it is a good idea to pack them away wet, water can be the death of a expensive pair of binoculars by creating fogging on the inside of the lens if it manages to get inside. Give your binoculars a good wipe down before putting in the case and if possible put a small pack of water absorbing crystals inside as well(as long as the crystals are not in contact with the lenses).